I have had the bliss in acquiring a new headset which is from the Element Gaming series, and the model I got was the Helium 150 which I was pleasantly surprised to find that it fits the colour scheme of all my other accessories which is fantastic in my book, 10 out of 10. End of Review.
Without letting the perfect colour scheme that has now developed around my desktop, let’s get to the nitty gritty, which first of all has to be focused around comfort. I’ve never had a comfortable headset, maybe this is due to my freakishly large head or my ears allowing me to take flight, but the Helium 150 being the cheapest model in Element Gamings’ catalogue is fairly comfortable (meaning I find it comfortable for 3 hours as opposed to the 1 hour that most other headsets feel comfortable for).
The second port to call is the 7:1 sound ratio, which to an extent I love because I can clearly hear everything, the downside to this is that I can hear everything when my volume control is at 1, and then the headset sound is at 2 (I can’t seem to find a way to put it on the magical number 1). It isn’t obtrusive when everything is at its lowest and the clarity of the sound is fantastic, but because I have to have it at such a low setting unless I want to prematurely deafen myself, I score it in the middle of the road for its sound.
The last objective to tackle is its microphone which from the people that I’ve talked to using the headset is only slightly better when you are in close proximity to it than a standard headset, but it can pick up sounds clearly from across the room (~3 metres away) to the point that my friends could hear what song I was playing on Guitar Hero (Yeah, I’m that kind of ass that plays Guitar Hero over the microphone), by the end of that call we had our own little karaoke room. So I guess it eliminates background noises by making them clearer, which to an extent is an alright means of noise removal, but if you want something that completely removes excess sounds then this isn’t the headset for you.
The Helium 150 has a control panel on it that 4 buttons which are volume up, volume down, mute microphone, mute speakers. This is standard on most modern headsets, but I was sort of disappointed that it was volume up and down buttons as opposed to the old volume slider which allowed you to better control the volume and more responsively.
Here’s the list of specifications that the website has:
- 7:1 simulated sound
- Cushioned ear pieces
- Over the ear design
- Inline control
- USB connection & 3 metre cable
The cushioned ear pieces are what I want to focus on hear, when you touch the cushions you’ll most likely think they are soft and when you first put them on the headset will be comfortable, and this is where different users will have different views, because I can’t keep these on for more than 3 hours, which is 3 times better than my last pair, but this headset isn’t something I can keep on my head all day when I want to listen to music, or play games for a prolonged amount of time, which is problematic when you are trying to climb the ranked ladder in League of Legends.
When it comes down to the pricing of this headset it’s exactly what you are paying for at ~£25, you’ll get a nice looking lump of plastic that suits your colour scheme, with a fair amount of technology behind, but it isn’t something you’ll remember. It also “requires” you to install software to use the headset, I had actually started to use it before I put the software in and it was just as it was after the install, besides the volume controls on the headset didn’t work, so you’ll probably want to install it so that you don’t have your head blown off by sound waves, but that’s up to the user.
In conclusion the Helium 150 is a good cheap-end headset (~£25) that has a clear microphone and clear playback although the playback is 7:1 which makes it extremely loud, but you can change it to reach a more manageable level. If you have a blue and black colour scheme going on with your computer this is a must buy, but in all seriousness if you want a cheap headset it’s worth it, but be careful with listening to sound sources that don’t normalize their sounds levels, (I’m looking at you YouTube playlists). In my opinion the Helium 150 gets a 4/5 because I feel that it’s a good price to pay for what it is, and it looks real pretty.
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